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Psychology at Fulbright

The Psychology major aims to develop students capable of understanding the complex issues that individuals, groups and communities face and the behavioral solutions to improve society. With a focus on the scientific understanding of the human mind and behavior, the Psychology major provides a broad-based education that complements other fields such as the arts, computing, economics, education, healthcare, and business management. The program equips graduates with an in-depth understanding of mental functions, emotions, behaviors and the complex interplay between biological, psychological and sociocultural factors. Students in Psychology are equipped for a variety of career paths, such as human and social services, marketing and consumer research, education, human resources and mental health services. Additionally, students will be prepared for graduate study in the discipline or in related fields, such as occupational psychology, counseling psychology, educational psychology, and social work.


Welcome to Psychology at Fulbright!

Greetings, future psychology enthusiasts!

I’m thrilled to extend a warm welcome to all prospective students considering the Psychology major at Fulbright University Vietnam. Psychology is one of the fastest growing and most important fields in Vietnam. Our program is designed to ignite your passion for understanding the complexities of the human mind. Here, you’ll find a supportive community of educators and peers who are dedicated to your growth and success.
From foundational courses to specialized studies, our curriculum offers a comprehensive exploration of psychology’s diverse facets. Whether you’re intrigued by cognitive processes, clinical applications, or social behaviors, we have something to satisfy your intellectual curiosity.
At FUV, we believe in hands-on learning and real-world application. Through research projects, internships, and interactive classes, you’ll gain practical insights that prepare you for a fulfilling career in psychology.

Feel free to reach out if you have any questions. We can’t wait to welcome you into our vibrant community of learners and thinkers!

Dr. Nathan Gehlert

For more information about the Psychology major, please contact our Major coordinator at

Academic spotlight

2 Psychology Capstone students presenting their theses research at a SE Asian Mental Health Symposium See more
On February 20, 2023, the renowned teacher, Dr. Nguyen Tung Lam and his family signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Fulbright University Vietnam to create a scholarship under his name. This special scholarship under his name will grant to students intend to pursue Psychology major, as an effort to promote psychology, especially educational psychology in Vietnam. See more
Positivity discourses targeting women have become a global phenomenon. A body of literature has responded to criticise their potential to psychologise and depoliticise efforts to achieve gender equality. The purpose of this review is to analyse this critiques' literature, which mostly focuses on the Western context, to better understand the phenomenon and how its analysis might be applied to a non-Western context, in this case Vietnam. As a group of scholars based in Vietnam, we have observed a similar set of positivity discourses emerge in the country over the last 10 years. Despite its grounding in a Western context, we argue that the critique's literature and its theoretical interpretations, when situated differences are considered, are useful for analysing the emergence of this phenomenon in Vietnam. The review provides insights for social psychologists wishing to engage with questions on women's subjectivity in a global context. Personality and Social Psychology Compass Advanced online publication See more
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Degree Requirements

A Bachelor of Arts in Psychology is awarded following the successful completion of:

General education:

  • 5 Core courses (20 credits) and 8 Exploratory courses (32 credits), of which up to two Exploratory courses (8 credits) can be counted towards the major.

Regular Major Requirements:

  • 2 Foundation compulsory courses (8 credits)* (100-level)
    • Introduction to Psychology (4 credits)
    • Research Methods and Statistics (4 credits)
  • 6 intermediate courses in Psychology (24 credits) (200-level)
  • 4 advanced courses in Psychology (16 credits) (300-level)

Sample Student Journey:

Year 1
  • Core Courses
  • Exploratory Courses
  • *Introduction to Psychology
Year 2
  • Core Courses
  • Exploratory Courses
  • Research Methods
  • 200-level Courses
  • *Personality Psychology
  • *Social Psychology
  • *Developmental Psychology
Year 3
  • Fulbright Seminars
  • 200-level Course
  • 300-level Courses
  • Advanced Courses
  • Elective
Year 4
  • 300-level Course
  • Electives
  • Capstone I
  • Capstone II

Requirements for Declaring Psychology Minor

  • 2 Foundation courses (Introductory Psychology; Research Methods and Statistics)
  • 3 courses 200-level
  • 1 course 300-level

Sample course list

  • Introduction to Psychology: This introductory course offers students an overview of the history, current status, and promise of scientific and applied psychology. Students are expected to master a considerable body of information about the principles of psychology and its methodologies, contributors, and terminology. This course is designed to be the prerequisite for higher level psychology courses. It also serves all students (major and non-major) for whom this knowledge is a general contribution to a liberal arts education.
  • Research Methods and Statistics: This course introduces students to basic research methods and data analysis in social and behavioral sciences. This course should be completed by the second year.

Intermediate courses are grouped into two main content areas: social/developmental psychology and counseling psychology. Students are required to take six (06) 200-level intermediate courses and three (3) 300-level advanced courses.

Sample Social /Developmental Psychology Courses:

  • Developmental Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Personality Psychology

Sample Counseling Psychology Courses:

  • Introduction to Psychological Disorders, Diagnosis, & Treatment
  • Counseling Psychology

Other 200-level Psychology courses: Psychology students can choose any elective psychology courses (please check prerequisite requirements for the courses).
Sample Electives:

  • The Art and Science of Living Well
  • Organizational Psychology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Language, Culture, and Thought (cross-listed with Social Studies)
  • Human-Computer Interactions (cross-listed with Computer Science)
  • Psychology of Gender
  • Vocational Psychology
  • Cross Cultural Leadership & Management
  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy
  • dropdown dot Foundation Courses (2 required)

    Foundation Courses (8 credits):

    • Introduction to Psychology
    • Research Methods and Statistics

    These two courses are considered part of the Exploratory Courses that should be taken in the first two years.

  • dropdown dot Intermediate Courses (6 required)

    Intermediate Courses (200-level):
    Sample Social /Developmental Psychology Courses (keystone psychology courses)*:

    • Developmental Psychology
    • Social Psychology
    • Personality Psychology
    • Cognitive Psychology

    *It is strongly recommended that students take these courses.

    Sample Clinical/Counseling Psychology Courses:

    • Abnormal Psychology
    • Introduction to Clinical Psychology
    • Psychology of Trauma

    Other 200-level Psychology courses:

    • The Art and Science of Living Well
    • Organizational Psychology
    • Educational Psychology
    • Cross-listed courses with other majors (maximum 02 courses)

    Sample courses may not be offered every year. Until the university can offer a robust list of 200 and 300-level courses in psychology, current students can take courses at any level to satisfy the 48-credit major requirement.

  • dropdown dot Advanced Courses (4 required)

    Advanced Courses (300-level):

    • Cross Cultural Leadership & Management
    • Applied Social Psychology
    • Cognitive Behavior Therapy
    • Counseling Psychology
    • Health Psychology
  • dropdown dot Capstone Project Optional (2 required)

    Capstone Project Optional (2 required)
    Capstone Project (8 credits):

    • Capstone I
    • Capstone II

Meet our faculty

Our faculty combines global experience and local insight, driving our commitment to providing you with academic excellence.

Featured faculty

Hi everyone. I am Gareth. Nice to meet you. I am a senior faculty member in the psychology program at Fulbright University. I am delighted to welcome you to our webpages! There are so many good things about the psychology program here. Ultimately, Fulbright University’s world-class education is more important today than ever before for guiding you to achieve your dreams and to take on the world’s unprecedented challenges. As you know, Vietnam is an amazing and wonderful country. I am very fortunate and appreciative to have this opportunity to learn from its rich culture and heritage and also to learn from you as part of my personal growth. About me, I am from the United Kingdom. I have previously lived in Southeast Asia and nearby for many years. Academically, I am a social psychologist and sociologist renowned for high-quality teaching and research. At Fulbright, I teach courses about health and wellbeing, and I am currently researching tobacco smoking and addiction to help curb the global tobacco epidemic. I am also passionate about improving the welfare of stray cats and dogs. I look forward to meeting you all on campus!
Gareth Davey, Senior Faculty of Psychology See more

Meet our Fulbrighters

Come and learn how Fulbright has impacted the lives of our current students and graduates.

Class of 2025
  • Nguyen Lam Khanh An
  • Nguyễn Thị Quỳnh Anh
  • Hồng Hà Giang
  • Nguyễn Thị Ngọc Hà
  • Phạm Quỳnh Hương
  • Phạm Gia Khang
  • Nguyen Khanh Ly
  • Nguyễn Thị Hồng Minh
  • Nguyen Duy Ngoc Minh
  • Trinh Kim Nguyen
  • Le Hong Quan
  • Kiều Thị Hà Thanh
  • Nguyễn Đăng Thức
  • Dương Khánh Vi
  • Hồ Quang Vinh
  • Nguyen Nu Thuc Anh
  • Nguyễn Đào Thùy An
  • Nguyễn Hải An
  • Le Thuy An
  • Doan Thuy Duong
  • Đặng Trần Anh Kha
  • Ton Thien Luan
  • Hoang Mai
  • Đàm Minh Ngọc
  • Trần Thảo Như
  • Nguyen Thi Nguyen Thao
  • Lê Hà Thu
  • Đặng Nguyễn Hoàng Thuỵ
  • Nguyễn Thị Hà Vy
  • Hoàng Đặng Quỳnh Phương
  • Phạm Gia Hân
  • Nguyễn Bảo Hân
  • Đinh Tuấn Việt
  • Dang Thi Thao Nguyễn
Class of 2024
  • Nguyễn Trúc Anh
  • Trần Tú Anh
  • Nguyễn Hoàng Bảo Chi
  • Đỗ Thị Thu Hiền
  • Nguyễn Phương Linh
  • Trần Ngọc Minh
  • Nguyễn Quang Minh
  • Nguyễn Kim Ngân
  • Nguyễn Phan Thanh Nhàn
  • Lê Quỳnh Như
  • Nguyễn Thị Hoài Thương
  • Vũ Hà Vy
  • Lê Thị Mỹ Huyền
  • Bùi Nguyễn Anh Hào
  • Trần Anh Thư
  • Nguyễn Văn Tâm
  • Bùi Thị Hà Anh
  • Đào Hải Nhật Tân
  • Nguyễn Thị Thường
  • Phạm Hồng Ngọc
  • Đồng Thị Hải Yến
  • Hồ Hoàng Khôi Nguyên
  • Lê Thị Quỳnh Trang
  • Trần Thiên Thành
  • Nguyễn Hương Giang
  • Đặng Uyên Phương

Meet our Alumni

Come and learn how Fulbright has impacted the lives of our current students and graduates.

Selected Faculty Publications

Dr Nguyen Thi Lan

Nguyen, L. T., Taylor, G., Gibson, P., & Gordon, R. (2023). Advancing a critical social psychological perspective on women’s leadership: A case illustration from the Global South. Applied Psychology: An International Review, 72(1), 126-143.

Nguyen, T. H. T., Taylor, G., Nguyen, L. T., & McDonald, M. (2024). Ethical leadership during the Covid-19 pandemic: Lessons from Vietnam. In C. Harrison (Ed.), Leadership during a crisis: A focus on leadership development (pp. 94-101). Routledge.

Dr Gareth Davey

Davey, G. (2023). Should occupational health and safety signs be evidence-based? Occupational Medicine, 73(3), 174.

Dr Matthew Mcdonald

McDonald, M., Nguyen, L.T, Nguyen, T.T.T., Tran-Kieu, N.Q. & Do, H.T.T. (2023). Globalising positivity discourses and women. Personality and Social Psychology Compass. Advanced online publication:

Capstone projects

Class of 2023
Impacts of Perceived Parenting Style on Multidimensional Well-being and Psychological Distress Among Emerging Adults
Nguyen Huu Phuc Ngan
Understanding Teacher Power in Chinese Language Classrooms: Voices from Vietnam
Nguyen Ha An
“It’s an inevitable part of growing up” – An Exploratory Study into the Experience of Loneliness among Young Vietnamese Adults
Le Dang Quang
Exploring Factors that Influence Perception about Job Satisfaction of Vietnamese IT Workers in Offshore Outsourcing Vendors
Pham Thi Phuong Thao
Sexism in the Vietnamese Workplace: A Study of Women Working in the STEM Professions
Pham Nguyen Dan Tam
Children's Social and Emotional Learning: An Action Research Inquiry
Le Ngoc Ky Duyen
Play and Culture: A Comparitive Study of Vietnamese and Korean School Children
Do Thi Minh Han

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